Why, As A Skeptic, Focus So Much On Religion?

Matt Dillahunty explains why he focuses his skeptical energies so much on religion:

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

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    This man is interesting and articulate, which I always appreciate. One of the minor ideas he threw out, I thought was too generalized–that people who are not doing much harm and in fact are doing good, are doing so in spite of their religious beliefs. While there is damage done in the name of religion, I know plenty of people who do wonderful things, who are kind and generous, and credit their beliefs as their inspiration.

    Regarding his main point that he spends his time debunking religious belief because religion pervades so much of people’s thoughts and actions, I offer this challenge to him. It’s the same challenge I give to religious people who spend their time debating things they don’t believe in. It’s not hard to find things that aren’t true. I’m tired of listening to people screech about what isn’t true. Please tell me something that IS true–that’s what is hard to find.


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